The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)

After the outbreak of World War I, the women of the Paridier farm in provincial France must protect the homestead in the absence of their husbands, sons, and employees.

Family matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye) reluctantly brings on a hard-scrabble orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to assist her daughter Solange (Laura Smet) and sustain the farm. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, but old jealousies persist, especially when the men return from the front. A rough-hewn tribute to a generation of women who persisted.

2017134 minsFrance, SwitzerlandFrench with English subtitles
DramaWarWorld Cinema
Director:
Xavier Beauvois ('Of Gods and Men', 'The Price of Fame')
Writer:
Xavier Beauvois
Cast:
Nathalie BayeLaura SmetIris BryOlivier RabourdinNicolas Giraud

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The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Ms. Baye, one of the great living French screen actresses, is steely and magnificent, even as it is Ms. Bry who finally captures the film's energy and the sympathy of the audience.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The beauty and the pathos of the film are vivid in every frame.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

This is a picture which embraces the gentle rhythms of a simple lifestyle, set against a backdrop of fundamental and permanent change.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Elegantly made and quietly emotional, a family story filled with characters whose lives we sink into, feeling the hope, the sadness, the sorrow and the joy right along with those on the screen.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A sober, quietly affecting wartime drama.

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